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Debbie Dingell Expected to Announce Run for Husband's Seat Friday

Feb 25, 2014

 A Democratic official says Debbie Dingell will seek the House seat currently held by her husband, who has announced plans to retire after the longest congressional career in history.

 John Dingell's 60-year-old wife was widely expected to pursue the seat. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly discuss the plans by name ahead of a formal announcement.

 John Dingell was elected to his late father's seat in 1955 and has held it ever since. The 87-year-old lawmaker announced plans to retire on Monday.

 Dingell played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years.

 State Senator Rebekah Warren's name has been mentioned as a possible candidate to fill Dingell's seat, but said Monday wasn't the day to talk about that.  She wanted Dingell to remain the focus. 

Some of WEMU's coverage of Dingell announcing his retirement can be found here.